Vietnam Airlines, the flag carrier of Vietnam, is suspending regular flights from Hanoi to Moscow from March 25 until further notice.
According to the flag carrier, the suspension is aimed at reviewing and clarifying procedures, requirements and regulations related to aircraft insurance and the operation of flights to Russia, the Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported on Wednesday.
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As for passengers who have purchased tickets for flights on the route, Vietnam Airlines will offer refunds or exchange tickets for other flights on the route once it reopens. The airline advised passengers to get regular updates about the flight route.
Vietnam Airlines, the only local airline operating regular flights to Russia, confirmed it would work with the relevant agencies to reopen the air route as soon as possible.
The airline had just reopened its route between Hanoi and Moscow at the beginning of this year after nearly two years of closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The number of passengers on the route was high due to high demand from Russians to travel to Vietnam and from overseas Vietnamese to travel and carry cargo.
Last week, a Vietnamese travel company announced the suspension of charter flights carrying Russian tourists to Vietnam as the Russian government recommended its airlines limit flights to other countries after the United States and Western countries imposed economic sanctions on Russia.
Vietnam’s Civil Aviation Authority had also confirmed that Vietnamese airlines’ flights to Europe had not been affected by the military conflict between Russia and Ukraine. However, the authority has asked local airlines to closely monitor the situation and adjust flight schedules to ensure safety, Saigon Times reported.